Word of an Aretha Franklin biopic to star Jennifer Hudson was first revealed last January, when Clive Davis broke the news at his annual pre-Grammy party before introducing J-Hud onstage to sing a medley of Franklin’s hits.
“The artist anointed by Aretha Franklin herself,” Davis said in bringing Hudson to the stage, adding “Aretha personally told me that last week,” that the Oscar winner would play her on the big screen.
According to one of its producers, the Hudson film is still going ahead, despite the life rights issues that Franklin’s passing may (or may not) dredge up, notes The Hollywood Reporter.
“Oh, it’s definitely moving forward,” says Harvey Mason Jr., a longtime music producer for Franklin who’d been working with the singer on the biopic for the past 18 months. “We are going forward and making the movie that Aretha wanted to make.” Still, as of this writing, the project has no director, possibly no script (“We’re not really saying,” teases Mason) and maybe no studio (an MGM rep will not comment on rumors that the studio is interested).
Aretha biopic projects have been floating around for years. USA Network was reportedly negotiating a TV movie at one point, “but before Davis’ announcement, the closest it came to casting was in 2011, when Franklin caused a stir by mentioning on “The Wendy Williams Show” that Halle Berry would be her first choice. Berry later brushed off the notion, saying she couldn’t “carry a tune.”
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